Barbarians 2 (History Channel)
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In the years leading up to and following the collapse of the Roman Empire in the West, hordes of often hungry and warlike barbarians swarmed into Roman lands from the East and North, inundating an already weak Imperial government in Rome. In many cases, these barbarian tribes were hired as mercenaries and served the Empire as hired muscle against other barbarians. This series focuses on some of the most famous of these groups, two of which went on to become extremely important in post- Imperial Europe. The Franks, under the ruthless, but powerful, King Clovis, would found a great kingdom of their own and lay the foundations for the Holy Roman Empire. The Saxons, surging west from Germania, would launch an invasion of Britain, claiming lands vacated by the retreating Romans, and served as the deadly enemies of the Britannic warlord who became the basis for the mythical King Arthur. The Vandals and the Lombards, though less well-known, also left their bloody mark on history as enemies of the Empire. This period of history saw the collapse of civilization in the West and the emergence of a chaotic time known to history as the Dark Ages. At the same time, Christianity spread throughout Europe, largely at the hands of the Barbarians themselves who came to embrace, at least nominally, a belief in Christ.Read more ›
Beginning with the fall of the Roman Empire, the series moves through each of the remaining barbarian tribes, carefully documenting their progress during the fall of Rome. Each tribe's achievements is featured, in turn complemented by interviews and highly believeble actors recreating the most important moments in barbarian history.
The greatest battles and the most intruiging assassinations are brought to life alongside examples of "ordinary" babarian life. The war-cries of the soldiers, the clash of swords, the slash of blades, the carnage and destruction and bloodshed during the stunt-fights all help to bring to life a period in history all too often over-looked.
On top of everything else you've read here and in other reviews, Barbarians 2 has a special feature I wasn't even aware of: An episode of Conquest, featuring Peter Woodward demonstrating the use of Barbarian weapons and an episode of Modern Marvels: Knives, Swords and Axes, which details their importance, creation and use from the Stone and Bronze ages, through to the Twenty-first Century.
I found that such extras greatly enhanced my educational experience and were a delightful surprise. They were a great bonus for no addtional cost. What a bargain! Thank you History Channel!
- Mike Silverman
This would make an excellent compliment to the Germanic Tribes DVD produced by Kultur, since it supplements much of the material therein. I'm not sure I would recommend it as a stand-alone, since some of the information is legendary, this doesn't mean it any less interesting, its just that the narration should be up front about it.
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The second of the Barbarians Series of documentaries, makes a good book end for the Barbarian Saga. Today students and history buffs have a cornucopia of choices,almost every era... Read morePublished on November 9, 2013 by Cancer 809
I bought this for the section on the Anglo-Saxons, but found the rest of it fascinating too. This dvd is especially good if you are a high school teacher, as it is general enough... Read morePublished on September 1, 2013 by McGuinnThompsonKaukonenVerlaineCarthyBassanaKaplanPenderStephensandSteveJones
excellent documentary for the Barbarian period of Western Europe. Documented each wave of Barbarian invasions instead of just lumping them all together, which would have been... Read morePublished on August 8, 2013 by Kenjiro
Unfortunately has the repeat footage that the folks at History channel are so fond of for burning up time. I do like the historic significance.Published on February 3, 2011 by Donald1
Got this as a gift for my husband, and he loves it! Great purchase. Wish I could say more, but I never actually watched the video; it is a good gift for a history buff, though. Read morePublished on December 7, 2009 by Linda R. Hendrex
Although I have not viewed these DVD's in their entirety, they are exactly the same as the programs on the History Channel, both of which were fascinating and of great interest. Read morePublished on April 20, 2008 by Lorraine P. Zigman
It would have been possible to make it in one DVD, instead of two; sometimes it is boring and redundant, and the acting is awful !Published on January 10, 2008 by Jose Eugenio Alati